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Don’t Fall For Reunion.com SPAM

10 Dec

A friend of mine recently suffered through the Reunion.com SPAM attack, so read below and don’t let this happen to you! Reporter Chris Walter from the Consumerist exposed the scam last April and unfortunately it’s still thriving.

What is the big deal with Reunion.com?
In a nutshell: Signing up for their service initiates access to your private email address book which in turn creates an endless circle of spamming.

According to Walter, “Reunion.com dupes new members into signing up by sending them an email that pretends to be from an acquaintance who’s been looking for them (on Reunion.com, naturally). After signing up, the site sucks in your contacts and immediately begins spamming them to join by sending out a similar email. If one of those people then signs up at Reunion.com, their contact list is scooped up and the cycle starts all over again, like a social engineering version of a virus or parasitic infestation. Maybe this is why Reunion.com can claim to register about 1 million new members every month.”

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UPS Virus Alert

24 Nov

With the holidays fast approaching, watch out for the UPS Delivery Failure virus. You will receive an email from UPS Packet Service along with a packet number.

How do I know if I get this virus?
It will say that they were un-able to deliver a package sent to you on such and such a date. It then asks you to print out the invoice copy attached. Do not try to print this email because it launches a virus.

Snopes confirms this virus is real.
http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/ups.asp

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The Next Generation of Chat

14 Oct

If you don’t have a web cam, then you are in a growing minority of computer owners. Now web cameras are built standard into most computers and if not they can be cheaply purchased. With the increase of broadband and the decline of dial-up Internet service, the ability to easily communicate via video on the web has increased two fold. With this new found speed of data, the quote from Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility” seems relevant.  Webcams create a new reality and safety measures should be considered.

For example, I stumbled upon Paltalk while I was searching for instant messaging programs. Paltalk is an all-in-one instant messaging, group video calls & chat room program. With this Swiss army knife program, now you are not only chatting with others online, you are utilizing your web camera to take it to the next level.

Teen Webcam Safety Tips:

  • Keep your computer in an open area
  • Check what new programs have been installed on computer
  • Establish what is appropriate to do and say online

Are you concerned about the impact of web cams and your teen? What steps do you take to ensure children are using them appropriately?

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Sarah Palin’s Email Hacked

25 Sep

Last week Alaskan Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin’s Yahoo email account was deliberately hacked. The offender’s took screenshots of her email inbox and posted them for the world to see. Besides the fact a government official shouldn’t be using a free public email service to hold classified federal documents, a normal consumer can take precautions so it doesn’t happen to you.

How did the hackers get into Governor Palin’s Yahoo email? Yahoo asks a series of security questions to reset your password. These security questions you can choose, however most of them are generic such as, “What city were you born in?”. The answers to all the security questions could be discovered with a simple Google search. Thus, you must pay attention to your email security settings.

Tips to improve email security:

  • Pick security questions only you know the answers too
  • Don’t use the same password on every website you visit
  • Use a free password keeper to remember all your passwords

Do you have any tips to keep your passwords safe?

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7624809.stm

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